The Music Program at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church
Encourages “full, conscious, and active participation” of the faithful in the Liturgy
Cultivates participation through a liturgical music repertoire that builds on familiarity and encourages growth
Assists the prayer of the community through music integrated into the liturgy, chosen to reflect the readings of the day and the liturgical season
Encourages faith sharing through opportunities for service in specialized musical ministries, such as the choirs, cantors, and instrumentalists
“Sing gratefully to God from your hearts
in psalms, hymns, and inspired songs.”
sing to the Lord all the earth.
O sing to the Lord, bless God’s name.”
Handbells and Orff Instruments
Guitars and Orchestral Instruments
RIVES CASSEL, DIRECTOR OF SACRED MUSIC
Rives Cassel is the Director of Sacred Music and Organist for Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church, a position he began in September 2006. He has served as a full-time liturgical musician for over 20 years, serving parishes in Virginia, Minnesota, and New Jersey. As Director of Music and Organist at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bayonne, NJ, he developed a volunteer cantor guild, directed choirs singing in English, Italian, and Spanish, as well as a children’s choir and bell choir. As Director of Music and Organist of Holy Trinity Church in Westfield, NJ, he conducted the adult and children’s choirs, as well as a bell choir. He was also artistic director for the Music at Holy Trinity Concert Series, presented by the Holy Trinity Choir and instrumental ensemble. Also while in Westfield, he was twice chair of the Westfield Bach Festival and performed in the organ marathon. As Director of Music and Organist at St. Raphael Church in Livingston, NJ, he conducted the adult and children’s choir. He also taught general music at St. Agnes School in Clark, NJ for 10 years.
A native of Virginia, Rives received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a Master of Liturgical Music degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His organ teachers included David Boe and Robert Grogan.
Rives is a member of the Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and will served as Convention Coordinator for the 2011 Regional Convention for Regions 1 and 2. He has also served the chapter as Dean for four years, and as Sub-Dean and Newsletter Editor. He is also a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) and is a member of the Executive Board of the Newark chapter.
Rives served the Archdiocese of Newark as a member of the Papal Music Subcommittee and as a member of the Environment and Art Advisory Group. He has presented workshops on choosing music for the season of Advent and Christmas and for the Easter Triduum and Easter Season, as well as the music portion of a workshop on planning the Triduum for the Archdiocese’s chapter of the NPM. The summer of 2009 marked his fourth year as a teacher for the Newark NPM chapter’s Institute for Learning to Read Music. Since the spring of 2003, he has been a presenter for the Formation Program at Immaculate Conception Seminary of Seton Hall University. His topic, presented to the Second Theology class, is Music at the Sacraments of Initiation.